More UK aid for Syrian civilians, refugees

Syrian refugees at the Reyhanli camp in Antakya, near the Turkey-Syria border. The U.K. has announced 4 million pounds worth of new aid for civilians and refugees affected by the fighting in Syria. Photo by: FreedomHouse / CC BY

The United Kingdom has announced 4 million pounds ($6.4 million) worth of new aid for Syrians affected by fighting in their country and for refugees who have fled the violence.

The United Kingdom said it will donate 2 million pounds to aid agencies providing medical support in Syria. The funds will be used to buy and distribute medicines, health kits, surgical kits, medical equipment and other supplies. 

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees is also set to receive 2 million pounds to support its programs for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.

U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell announced this new pledge ahead of the U.N. Syria Humanitarian Forum to be held April 20 in Geneva. At the forum, the United Kingdom is expected to join the United Nations in renewing its calls for wider humanitarian access in Syria.

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